Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful


Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful

A place to share the words of others (or your own!) which have been impactful in your life, whether they're serious, poignant, humorous, or just something worth noting.

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I have been a quote collector and quote monger for at least as long as I've been an atheist and probably a good deal longer.  My admiration for those who enjoy reputations as wordsmiths extends even further back, whether we're talking about John F. Kennedy's assertion: "We choose to go to the moon," George Santayana's warning: "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it," or James T. Kirk's deft observation when faced with the dauntingly huge First Federation ship: "Not chess, Mr. Spock ... poker!"

The realm of atheist activism has had its own share of verbal craftsmen and women, from Madalyn Murray O'Hair's: "An atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church." to Aron Ra's succinct: "If you can't show it, you don't know it."

Regardless of the topic, these are words which are capable of fomenting inspiration, reflection, and sometimes even action.  They can educate and illuminate the human condition and allow us to better know ourselves.  That said, here is an open invitation to share those words which have been particularly meaningful or impactful or timely or just special to you for one reason or another.

Let's share those words and have fun!

One bit of clerical business: please hold your quotes in the comment area below to 20 lines or 200 words.  One comment should not so dominate the Home page of this group that no other comment is visible.  That way, the briefer comments and quotes of all participants are more likely to be seen, read, and appreciated.  If you have a long quote or commentary, create a post, please.

Discussion Forum

On Emotion, Vulnerability, and a Flawed God

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Craigart14 Jun 1. 6 Replies

On 31 May, 2018, Joan Denoo posted a most excellent quote from David Hume: That quote was well deserving of a response, which is the following:The most preposterous notion that H. sapiens has ever…Continue

Tags: flawed, vulnerable, emotion, god

"We need a much broader conversation on what morality of pro-life is"

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Apr 28. 3 Replies

"I do not believe that just because you're opposed to abortion, that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born but not a…Continue

Tags: Planned, Parenthood, contraception, Pro-life,, O.S.B.

Aron Ra on Gods, Demons, and the Meaning of Life

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Apr 20. 2 Replies

This isn't quite a rant, but it's more than just a talk or a speech.  What follows here is the end of something Aron Ra delivered several years ago which has stuck with me practically since I first…Continue

Tags: soul, bible, skeptic, devil, god


Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 11. 14 Replies

"APHORISM XXV. He who begins by loving Christianity better than Truth, will proceed by loving his own sect or Church better than Christianity, and end loving himself better than all."~…Continue

Tags: Truth

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Comment by Loren Miller on October 6, 2017 at 11:44am

And if you believe that one, Alan, I got some swell swamp land in Florida I'd like to sell you!

That one is a real goodie, Alan, thanks for posting it!

Comment by Alan Perlman on October 6, 2017 at 11:40am

Here's another from Mencken:

"God is the immemorial refuge of the incompetent, the helpless, the miserable.  They find not only sanctuary in His arms, but also a kind of superiority, soothing to their macerated egos,  He will set them above their betters."

Comment by Loren Miller on October 6, 2017 at 5:31am

If you are neutral towards injustice, then you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If you see an elephant sitting on a mouse's tail and you say you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.
-- Desmond Tutu

I found this quote on one of Steve Shives' videos a day or so ago, and thought it made a powerful and appropriate expression.  Despite his religion, Tutu knows what he's saying, mostly I suspect because he's seen the truth of it first hand.

Comment by Compelledunbeliever on October 6, 2017 at 4:44am

I don't know that these are sagely but I've found myself repeating these two things often lately.

There is more religion attributed to the bible than is actually in the bible.

Any religion that does not have a God that actually exist requires faith to believe in said God. What does your religion require?

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 5, 2017 at 11:24pm

“A standing military force… will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defense against foreign danger have been always the instruments of tyranny at home. Among the Romans it was a standing maxim to excite a war, whenever a revolt was apprehended. Throughout all Europe, the armies kept up under the pretext of defending, have enslaved the people.”

~ James Madison, Philadelphia Constitutional Convention in 1787.


Comment by Loren Miller on October 5, 2017 at 6:25am

Bertold, that whole "fear of death" business reminds me of the following:

Man is so built that he cannot imagine his own death.  This leads to endless invention of religions.
-- Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land

As for "fear of life," the second you erect a god in authority over you, that fear comes along, especially fear of displeasing said god or violating its commandments.  You've traded one fear for another!

Comment by Gary S on October 4, 2017 at 8:50pm

I have also liked that one Bertold.

Comment by Gary S on October 4, 2017 at 8:04pm

Religion is fundamentally opposed to everything I hold in veneration – courage, clear thinking, honesty, fairness, and, above all, love of the truth.

- Henry Louis Mencken

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 4, 2017 at 6:04pm

Bertold, I have not read material by Flemming Rose. Reading the story that goes with your quote, he is a writer I intend to pursue.  

"When Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published the cartoons of the prophet Mohammed five years ago, Denmark found itself at the center of a global battle about the freedom of speech.
The paper’s culture editor Flemming Rose defended the decision to print the 12 drawings while the world went up in flames, and quickly he came to play a central part in the debate about the limitations to freedom of speech in the 21st century."

 Flemming RoseThe Tyranny of Silence

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 4, 2017 at 4:20pm

"Upon the subject of education, ... I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people can be engaged in."

~ Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln - March 9 1832 - Abraham Lincoln Online - http://www.abrahamlincolnonline.com/


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